A device driver or software driver is a computer program allowing higher-level computer programs to interact with a hardware device.

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What is a device controller, and where does it fit in between the kernel and the device?

Can someone please explain the concept of a device controller (hard disc controller, NEC PD765 compatible controller etc.). Here are some definition of key terms which might be needed for the ...
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Find driver (which is not automatically installed) for a specific hardware

Is there some general way to find out the name of the driver which I have to install on my linux system given only the hardware name? Maybe some centralized webpage or application which gatters all ...
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How to know driver names?

Is there any general way to know the name of the driver of all the devices on a linux machine? For example, I want to know the name of my network interface driver and the name of my webcam driver. How ...
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VDPAU library not found

I want to try this VAAPI backend for VDPAU. I have compiled mplayer with vdpau in Gentoo Linux (amd64) but I get this error: Failed to open VDPAU backend libvdpau_nvidia.so: cannot open shared object ...
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Why is my keyboard typing the wrong letters?

While surfing with Iceweasel, I tried typing in a Web address, but I found, that every few keys, it started typing other letters instead of the ones I typed. For example, if I typed "c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-c-...
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How are drivers for peripheral hardware installed in Linux?

I have acquired a new wireless keyboard, and I've tested it out on both a Windows and a Linux box. It worked on both, but with an initial difference - Windows took a minute or two, to look up the ...
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How to enable WebGL in Chrome or Firefox?

I want to try out WebGL as I'm learning OpenGL currently and, well yeah, kind of interested in how WebGL looks like. I tried some demo sites like this or that. But unfortunately they don't work. I ...
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How can I install the Atheros AR8161 drivers without an internet connection?

How can I install the Atheros AR8161 drivers without an internet connection for fedora19?
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Instability of debian graphics [closed]

I have done some googling but am unable to find the cause of this problem. I'm using a fresh copy of Debian 7.1 and shortly after, using the machine will start rendering graphics improperly and spit ...
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Install BCM 4365 drivers in Backtrack 5R3

I have recently installed Backtrack 5 R3. When I try to run: sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source I get the following error: Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.2.6 (x86_64) ...
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Synaptics Touchpad Tap Lag (FastTaps Option Gone)

I own an Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A with a clickpad. Under the Synaptics driver, I'm trying to use tap-to-click. With the default settings, there is a very noticeable lag between when I tap and the tap ...
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How can I access GPIO pins from CentOS 6.4?

I have a single board computer with 8 GPIO pins that I would like to access from user space on my CentOS 6.4 installation. I see the GPIO pins mentioned in the 'dmesg' output, but the /sys/class/gpio ...
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How compatible is Centos in respect to hardware for desktop systems?

I have been tasked with creating a promotional/sales tool for our clients and sales people . (about 8400 users) It is expected that the tool will be used on office and home systems. The tool will ...
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Why the linux driver file is much smaller than that in windows?

Recently I install a graphic device driver in Linux, I found that is only dozens of KB. But that is dozens of MB in windows. I wonder why?
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Find used drivers for printer

My printer CANON PIXMA MP170 (usb) doesn't work on Debian 7 amd64 but does work on my Ubuntu 12.04 i386. I've tried a lot of tutorial about this but no success. So for now I'd like to to know more ...
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opengl/glx core dumps - generic intel linux drivers, RHEL6

Recently, I switched from using a dedicated ATI video card and proprietary drivers to the onboard Intel video card and default/generic Intel drivers because the ATI video card was damaged and I couldn'...
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Enabling 1366x768 resolution in Debian Wheezy on Atom D525 Board

For some reason, when I try to update to a modern version of Linux from Debian 6.0.7 or Ubuntu 10.0.4, I lose most of the resolutions that were available, including the native resolution of the panel ...
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Linux Mint 15 no audio with NVidia MCP51

I updated from Linux Mint 14 to 15 recently, and since then my audio driver seems to be gone or nonfunctional. I don't have a ton of experience with drivers under Linux (grew up a Windows guy), but ...
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How to find out which devices require manually installing a specific driver?

Most of time, you don't need to install drivers in Linux manually, since it already has it installed. But there must be some times when Linux does not have the right driver for a device. How can I ...
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How do you install/upgrade Intel graphics drivers on Mint?

I have only recently begun using Linux as my primary OS on my laptop. I previously ran Windows 7 on it, which generally had decent performance in 3D applications. However, I've noticed a considerable ...
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Wireless on Slackware

Ok, so I finally got my wireless working on Slackware. Trouble is, I don't really understand what I'm doing. I'm currently root and in order to get wireless, I first have to: wpa_supplicant -c/etc/...
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what type of device drivers are available in linux [closed]

The different types of device drivers used in linux are character device and block device. Is there another classification?
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How can I prevent drivers from binding USB devices on a certain bus?

I have a setup with two Logitech Unifying receivers, each receiver has a keyboard bound to it. One of the receiver is to be used by the physical machine to which the devices are connected, the other ...
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Installing video driver on Arch Linux

I have Arch Linux installed in console mode on an Intel-PC machine. My task is to write and run an OpenGL display program on the machine to check whether it meets the following conditions: It would ...
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Installing a platform driver

I have recently acquired a device driver for an integrated watchdog timer on a x86 board on which I am running a minimal Linux system. The kernel is 3.6.11 and it has been built using buildroot. My ...
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linux mint cinnamon - AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter keeps disconnecting

Lately I got a DELL inspiron 15-3521, I installed the latest Linux mint cinnamon. I have been having some problems with my Ethernet card, when i start my pc everything works perfectly for about 10 to ...
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Problem compiling a driver : “No rule to make target”

First of all I am running a CentOS 6.4 installation. My computer is a laptop and I am trying to install the drivers for my ethernet card, because this week end I lost my ability to connect to the ...
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Virtual mouse driver, possible X11 problems

I created virtual mouse driver according to Essential Linux Device Drivers book. After I wrote coordinates echo x y > /sys/ ... /coordinates into sysfs node, my program generates event packets ...
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How to use better driver (nouveau) instead of generic VESA with NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M?

I've got laptop with NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M and have no Gnome-shell which I like very well. I use: Debian GNU/Linux jessie /sid \n \l When I run Debian as live USB everything works fine. How to ...
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I need a step by step guide to build kernel modules in ChrUbuntu

I don't have experience building kernel modules. And worse, I'm trying to do it on ChrUbuntu, so it seems that I cannot follow the existing Ubuntu guides. For example, this command fails: # apt-get ...
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Which is has higher performance? Nvidia proprietary or Nouveau open source? [closed]

System: Manjaro 0.8.5.2 x64 Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53Ghz Nvidia GT 240M
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Ubuntu make fails with No such file or directory /lib/modules/3.4.0/build

I am trying to build the CP210x driver for the 3.x.x kernel on ChrUbuntu. Build instructions: Ubuntu: make ( your cp210x driver ) cp cp210x.ko /lib/modules/<kernel-version>/kernel/drivers/...
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USB to Serial in Chrubuntu - /dev/ttyUSB0 missing

The usbserial stuff has been working so well for me in Ubuntu for a number of years that I have almost forgotten how to troubleshoot it. I just installed Chrubuntu, however, and now my usbserial is ...
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Missing “version.h” when installing fglrx

I have downloaded the fglrx driver installer from the ATI drivers page. when I start the installation, everything goes smoothly until I hit an error message, telling me to check /usr/share/ati/fglrx-...
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Should I restart after a pacman upgrade?

after running sudo pacman -Syyu or sudo pacman -S [something to install] should I restart just to be safe?
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Running Ubuntu of a USB stick. Can't install wireless driver

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my 8 gb USB stick, and got it running. It seems like I don't have the full Ubuntu OS on the stick though, and that was my intention. Anyway, I can run a "demo" version ...
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What considerations need to be made when choosing the version of kernel for an embedded device?

I have used buildroot to successfully create a kernel, root file system and cross-compilers to enable me to write application code to run on an embedded device. Currently I have no need to write ...
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What is the relation between the Linux device drivers “domains”?

As I'm reading about the Linux device drivers and power management API I keep encountering terms like "system level", "subsystem", "platform", "class", and so on. What is the relation between them? ...
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Data transfer between ATmega16 microcontroller and Linux?

Can any one tell me how can I know status of any pin of an ATmega16 microcontroller using Ubuntu? When I connect ATmega16 to my system a file in /dev/ is created by name ttyUSB0. I am using an USB-...
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Fedora won't boot after installing Nvidia drivers

I followed this tutorial about Nvidia drivers installation and I accidentally forget to do 5th point (disabling nouveau drivers), so now I can't boot my system. I know I am idiot but is there anything ...
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Determine whether kernel built-in driver supports a device

I'm trying to find a way to accurately determine whether all the hardware on some system has a valid driver installed either via a kernel module or built-in to the kernel. I'm working with RHEL 5.5 ...
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Is there a list of NICs that work with linux?

I built a new computer and want to install Linux on it. I loaded a couple different flavors and they detect there is a NIC but it won't connect to the network. It looks like it tries and tries but ...
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An easier way to print from a live CD than Puppy?

After several failed attempts to burn an Ubuntu CD to live boot from (they wouldn't boot, maybe because my CD burning software wouldn't burn slower than 4X speed?), I've managed to get a boot disc ...
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How to install precompiled ath9k driver?

I have a Ubuntu and I have cross compiled an ath9k driver for an ARM architecture. The problem is a can't make the install work as I want to work. README says the following: Building for external ...
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Does linux modules/drivers belong to kernal space or user space

Some articles say that modules/drivers belong to kernel space as it take part in forming the kernel; (reference: http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles/drivers_linux) While others say that ...
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Mint update with NVIDIA breaks Cinnamon

I have Linux Mint 14 64-bit Cinnamon on a desktop with an NVidia GTX 680 graphics card. I downloaded and installed the drivers from the NVIDIA website (installed on TTY1 with sudo service mdm stop). ...
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USB-Serial Driver(Exar Xr21v1414) Run Error

I'm currently trying to run the bellow driver in linux-3.8.3 on Exar xr21v1414 http://www.exar.com/connectivity/uart-and-bridging-solutions/usb-uarts/xr21v1410, but when i install the driver vizzini....
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brcmsmac does not work

I am attempting to enable my wireless interface in Slax Linux, so far, I know the driver I need is brcmsmac, since I have a broadcom card; and this work in Slackware. The driver is available and does ...
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Would someone please explain lspci -vv output?

I have the following output from running lspci -vv -s 00:00 on my single board computer running Linux. 07:05.0 RAID bus controller: Adaptec AAC-RAID (Rocket) (rev 03) Subsystem: Adaptec ASR-2230S + ...
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Unable to install LAN driver in RedHat (*** /lib/modules/2.6.32-358.el6.i686/build: No such file or directory)?

I tried to install the Realtek LAN driver on my RHEL Server (running version 6.4). In the folder extracted: autorun.sh log.txt Makefile README src \>type command: ./autorun.sh \>...